Friday, January 28, 2011

Build a Dream Playhouses Review

     Have you heard of Build a Dream Playhouses?  My girls love to play store, kitchen, restaurant, etc. so when I was given the chance to pick one of Build a dream's great products I instantly picked the snack shack.  The kids were in bed when Hubby and I put it together, the whole process only took about 20 minutes and we set it up in the living room with all of their play food. They came down the stairs in the morning and this is what we heard: Piper: "wow! look Paige a stession stand!" (concession)  Paige: "O-M-G that is sooooooo cute!" 

     They have been playing with it for about 2 weeks now and every day that is where you can find them. They have had friends over and everyone thinks it is the coolest thing! My sister and her kids have been staying with us this week while her place is being repaired so we have been a bit cramped with 3 adults and 4 kids in a tiny townhouse. We didn't dare move the shack though.  

     I have tried to get them to color it but the job was just too overwhelming to them. Even painting it was way too much for them so they said they would just leave it white. It was sticking out like a sore thumb, a large white structure taking up 1/4 of my living room space. (well worth it to have them using their imaginations by the way) Last night on a whim my sister and I pulled out the box of acrylic paints and went to work. We painted it in the colors of the girls' cheer/football team, Red and Blue. It bears a striking resemblance to the concession stand at their field. It took us about 4 hours to do the whole thing only because we were very meticulous. The girls woke up this morning and were amazed. Apparently we put the  food in the wrong cabinets (how cool is that? It has actual cabinets to store everything) so they went right to correcting that. (the nerve we must have!) It looks a lot better in my house now and we are very pleased with the results. I definitely recommend checking them out. The snack shack is one of the largest items they carry so you can pick something smaller depending on how much space you have. I love that it is made local, right here in OHIO...USA 
Here is the finished product! One side is a concessions stand and the other an ice cream shop. I printed out food clip-art to tape to the sides to make it fun. 
Everything stores neatly underneath which is a big plus! 
Piper offer's hot dogs and waffles together! How great is that? 
Working hard at the ice cream shop :) 
There is a board on the corner post for the kids to make a menu but I wanted it to be reusable so I attached a dry erase board to it. Paige loves that because she can change the "specials". 

"Build a Dream Playhouses™ was founded by a Cleveland father dedicated to the futures of the City of Cleveland, the State of Ohio, and the imaginations of children. To achieve that, and reflecting on his city’s hard times, he recruited two bright, ambitious, and innovative college students,Andy Carcioppolo and Sam Cahill. In collaboration with the world famous Nottingham-Spirk Design Associates, a group of 3 to 9 year old children, and the Smurfit Stone Container Corporation, Build a Dream Playhouses™ is now proud to introduce to you what we believe to be the most innovative, fresh, and fun playhouses on the market. We hope you enjoy our products and we look forward to introducing many more in the near future."
"Our products are manufactured from 80% recycled materials that result in an end product that is 100% recyclable. Our distribution center is located only 38 miles away from our manufacturer, which drastically reduces the fuel consumption required to ship our products."


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